MANILA – The Electoral Commission (Comelec) on Monday filed in escrow the source code of the trusted final version of the Halalan 2022 election results transmission router.
Comelec Chairman Saiamen Pangarungan led polling body officials to transport the source code from Comelec headquarters in Manila to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in Pasay City.
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Commissioner Marlon Casquejo said this will be the last of the source codes to be deposited.
“I think this is the last hopefully the last we will file in escrow at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas… In regards to this transmission router, during our pre-LAT we discovered some, not really errors, but modifications as to the transmission of the results. That’s why it is necessary (for the) building of trust again because it is a modification related to the source code “, explained Helmetjo.
Franz de Leon of the Department of Science and Technology’s Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (DOST) explained that the job of the transmission router is to receive election packages and deliver them to their destinations.
De Leon said they need to modify the previous trusted version where the election package remains queued even if the destination is unavailable.
However, in this new scheme, there is a separate queue for undelivered packages.
“The forwarding router is an application, software that runs the forwarding router server, so its main job is to receive election packages, say from VCMS and CCS, for delivery to intended destinations,” De Leon said. .
The source code is secured in a safe with multiple locks and combination codes.
Only persons authorized by Comelec will have access to the source code.
Comelec has already deposited the source codes of other components of the automated electoral system with the BSP.
“The safety and security of these source codes are critical to the credibility of the May 9 elections. As such, we are grateful to BSP for keeping these source codes in escrow until Election Day. We are confident that BSP’s strict security procedures and will protect the integrity of the election by maintaining these source codes,” Pangarungan said.